John Pollack, author of The Pun Also Rises, on tour April/May 2011

Posted By on January 25, 2011

About The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Gotham (April 14, 2011)

The pun is commonly dismissed as the lowest form of wit, and punsters are often unpopular for their obsessive wordplay.  But such attitudes are relatively recent developments.  In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack – a former World Pun Champion  and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton – explains why such wordplay is significant: It both revolutionized language and played a pivotal role making the modern world possible.  Skillfully weaving together stories and evidence from history, brain science, pop culture, literature, anthropology, and humor, The Pun Also Rises is an authoritative yet playful exploration of a practice that is common, in one form or another, to virtually every language on earth.

About John Pollack

John Pollack is a journalist, author, and former Special Assistant and Presidential Speechwriter to Bill Clinton. He has written for publications such as the Los Angeles TimesUSA TodayAdvertising Age, and the Associated Press. He was named the World Pun Champion at the 1995 O. Henry World Championship Pun-off and has written speeches for corporate and public-sector leaders such as Jeffrey Katzenberg, Carly Fiorina, John Glenn, David de Rothschild, and actress Goldie Hawn. He currently works as a speechwriter and consultant for ROI Communication, an internal communication consulting firm. He lives in Manhattan.

John Pollack’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Thursday, April 14th:  Luxury Reading

Friday, April 15th:  Reading Through Life

Monday, April 18th:  Book Club Classics!

Wednesday, April 20th:  Book Hooked Blog

Thursday, April 21st:  Life is a Patchwork Quilt

Monday, April 25th:  The Broke and the Bookish

Tuesday, April 26th:  Rundpinne

Wednesday, April 27th:  It’s All About Books

Thursday, April 28th: eclectic/eccentric

Friday, April 29th:  In the Next Room – review

Friday, April 29th:  In the Next Room – guest post

Wednesday, May 4th:  Booksnob

Wednesday, May 4th:  Chaotic Compendiums

Monday, May 9th:  Man of La Book

Wednesday, May 11th:  Library of Clean Reads and NoveauWriter

Friday, May 13th:  SparksMarks


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